Ram 1500 TRX Stunt Costs YouTuber $53k

YouTuber Street Speed 717 owns some amazing vehicles. The YouTuber has accumulated millions of views for automotive-related content. One stunt got the content creator in hot water. He took his Ram 1500 TRX and attempted to jump a stream in the powerful truck. The video ended up costing him over $50,000 in fines. It also did some costly damage to his performance truck.

The $53k Ram 1500 TRX stunt

2017 RAM 1500 Rebel TRX 4x4 is on display at the 109th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois on February 9, 2017.
RAM 1500 Rebel TRX 4×4 | Raymond Boyd via Getty Images

The Ram 1500 TRX is a hellcat-powered truck. It is one of the few vehicles to still use an eight-cylinder engine. The 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine makes a monstrous 702 horsepower. The Ram 1500 TRX is estimated to go from 0-60 in a mere 4.5 seconds.

The Ram 1500 TRX was made for tackling tough terrain and is one of the best off-roading trucks ever made. It competes with the Ford F-150 Raptor, another truck known for having insane power. YouTuber Street Speed 717 decided that he would put his TRX to the test without realizing there would be horrible consequences for his actions.

The YouTuber tried to jump a wide local Pennsylvania stream in his Ram 1500 TRX. He was able to clear the stream after launching the TRX at almost 60 miles per hour. The back window completely shattered on impact. The front bumper was severely damaged. The skid plate was bent. Much of the damage was cosmetic. Many would deem the jump a success.

The stunt did not amuse the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The commission brought 18 criminal counts against the YouTuber. The charges amounted to $53,000 in fines. The charges were brought against the YouTuber because the commission believed his actions damaged the environment and could have caused harm to the wildlife in the stream.

What is so special about the Ram TRX?

The Ram 1500 TRX.
The Ram 1500 TRX | Ram

The Ram 1500 TRX is special because of its Hellcat engine. The truck uses one of the most powerful engines on the market and thus is extremely fast. The TRX takes Hellcat power and combines it with the durability of a Ram truck to create the perfect combo of speed and strength.

This high-powered truck was made to withstand the elements and conquer the most brutal driving conditions. The extreme truck is special because it’s the truck that can do it all. It has sports car speed and style and truck brute force and might. The TRX is a dream for drivers who like to take the path less traveled and use their vehicle to explore, tow, and have a blast.

Is the TRX worth the money?

The Ram 1500 TRX.
The Ram 1500 TRX | Ram

The Ram 1500 TRX offers premium styling and performance at a premium price. It starts at $72,120. It is also the most powerful Ram truck in history, which is saying a lot. According to Car and Driver, one of the only few drawbacks it has is its fuel economy.

It’s no surprise that a V8 truck this powerful is a gas guzzler. Thanks to its suspension, the performance truck is meant for battling hills, rocks, sand, mud, and even water. Is it worth it? It depends on how much you’re willing to spend to live life on the wild side.

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